It’s true that breast cancer can be hereditary, and that there are other risk factors—including your age, race and breast density—that you can’t control.Only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are believed to be caused by genes, and that means there’s a lot you can do to reduce your risk, both today and in the future.
When you can sort fact from fiction and understand which habits and lifestyle choices really do affect your cancer risk you’re taking the first steps toward truly protecting yourself.
We live busy, fast-paced lives, as spouses, parents, caregivers, neighbors and overworked employees—maybe all of the above. Which means that stress is pretty much inevitable. But while we know it’s unhealthy, is stress really bad enough to cause cancer?
A healthy lifestyle—one that nurtures your body, mind and spirit—may help prevent many cancers, as well as reduce your risk of recurrence if you do develop it. And if you are diagnosed with cancer, a healthy lifestyle is key to living your best and most vibrant life before, during and after treatment.
Despite what we know about heading off this disease, more than a million Americans are diagnosed with it each year—many of whom thought they were already doing all they could to protect themselves. With that in mind, it’s worth taking note of your own notions about skin cancer.